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Mar 01, 2018

Board of Directors Member Spotlight – Todd Allais

We welcomed Todd Allais onto the Janus Board of Directors in January this year. Born in Portland and raised in Vancouver, WA., Todd has lived in the Portland metropolitan area his whole life and has deep roots in the community. Todd enjoys running, cooking and keeping up with his two teenage children. Todd is an Account Manager at CenturyLink.

What inspired you to join the Janus Board of Directors?

I learned about Janus and its work in the community from my friend and former Janus Board Member and President, Kevin Huish. Kevin inspired me with his enthusiasm and energy from his work on the Board and invited me to a number of the Janus events, including Dinner in the Vines and a Village Gardens fundraiser where I learned more about breadth of Janus’ work. What really sold me was the Annual Dinner Service Awards Ceremony that I attended last November. As I listened to Executive Director, Dennis Morrow, present awards to employees for their service to Janus, I was moved by his accompanying stories, giving tribute to the unique roles each employee plays in serving our youth. I realized then that I wanted to be a part of Janus. Because Kevin was rotating off the Board, he encouraged me to join and I jumped at the opportunity.

Why is it important to invest in your community?

My children, who are now teenagers, are now getting older and, as a result, I have more time to give back to my community. I was fortunate to grow up in a stable home with many advantages. My kids enjoy that privilege as well. I know that many youth do not have the same good fortunate and I want to help make a difference in their lives for the better. I’m interested in helping youth in particular because positive impacts made early in life have the potential for a lifelong change.

What do you hope to accomplish?

I believe that education is very important in changing the course of a youth’s life. I am hoping to be involved in the Scholarship Program and its ability to provide additional resources to youth struggling financially to get an education. 

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Tickets for Dinner in the Vines are sold out! The benefit event takes place on Saturday, August 18, 2018 from 4 - 8 pm at ArborBrook Vineyards in Newberg, Oregon. Thank you to all of our supporters who purchased tickets. Our guests will enjoy a delicious Pacific Northwest, four-course dinner, selected wine pourings from ArborBrook Vineyards and live jazz.

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Enter Our Wine Drawing!

Stock up your wine collection while supporting Janus Youth Programs! Take this opportunity to win over 50 bottles of great wine from all over the world! This year’s wine drawing includes an incredible variety of wines from California, Washington, Oregon, Italy, France and Spain! Enjoy amazing Pinots from Stoller, Domain Drouhin and Angela Estates, Cabernets from L’Ecole and Mount Veeder, Bordeaux from the St. Emilion region and Chianti and Barolo from Italy! We’ve even thrown in four bottles of Champagne and a few special bottles each worth the price of the ticket on their own! (A 1997 Woodward Canyon Cabernet and a Quilceda Creek CVR.)

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